After the 5 minute mark in Dark Star, specifically 5:17, the fellas venture forth to some sublime cosmic sonic beauty.
November 21, 2015 Subject:
worth the listen
This is great, despite the hemmoraging. Sure beats 11/10/15 in Worcestor. The hiss isn't too bad, unless u think this recording should be perfect, from nowhere.
April 14, 2015 Subject:
July 3, 2014 Subject:
I was there
I was a high school senior, "Lovelight" is among the songs missing from this recording. Despite the obvious flaws in the recording, the first time I heard this on cassette decades later confirmed that, indeed, this was a night of magic. And they for sure didn't start with "Dark Star." One of the drummers got sick, and thus the band declined a request to play "Alligator."
December 17, 2013 Subject:
Anyone know who's talking during the equipment repairs? Doesn't sound like anyone from the band.
December 7, 2013 Subject:
A great performance marred by a start-stop recording - looks like this is the extent of what we'll get from this show.
The good: Other One > New Potato - woah, nellie - the latter in particular is drawn wayyyyy out before the conclusion. Insanely beautiful.
The lone performance of Rosemary is difficult with all the hiss and such, but this is such an important song in the Dead canon, it is worth hearing. I myself find no other Hunter/Garcia work so evocative of the psychedelic world - lyrically it is so sad, so Tolkien-esque and mysterious - the images clear, uncluttered, an all-too-brief but devastating glimpse into that psychic universe that really does seem tangible. "Rosemary" is economical and self-contained along the same lines as that Hemingway story that's six words long: "For sale: baby shoes. Never worn".
The ugly: the cuts in Cryptical, and at the end of that lovely Friend of Mine. The Eleven fading out after technical problems. Death Don't is sliced in half. There are just too many problems here to warrant a full rating, although I believe the band is as good as they ever were in '68 this night in Louisville.
February 21, 2012 Subject:
Five stars for Rosemary
Even if you've never done LS, I suspect many of you younger Heads may realize how mind-expanding this music is. It's just a shame that so many of the songs are incomplete. But...
Morning Dew by request! And Rosemary!
There is one other live performance of the song that I'm aware of; it's slightly longer, but alas, just as quiet.
June 25, 2011 Subject:
A rare live performance of Rosemary is the highlight (for me) of this show. It is fairly quiet, but I have never heard another live version of it. The rest of the show is great, probably just to freak out the mid-westerners who were probably quite taken aback by the crew from San Fran! Bellarmine isn't a very large school to begin with, so I wouldn't doubt that there were fewer than 500 people attending, I may be wrong. The recording itself is pretty good for '68, but the unique playing of Rosemary makes it worth having!
February 16, 2011 Subject:
You don't have to pay strict attention to us...
Great show. Dark Star>St. Stephen>Eleven is fantastic as are the Death Don't and New Potato. I'm told this is the only performance of Rosemary and although it sounds a bit rough, it's pretty special.Fans of Morning Dew will also love this version.
February 23, 2009 Subject:
I cant give this four...
Charlie has done an admirable job cleaning this up and reducing the annoying hiss, but I'm still not convinced.
Although it has its moments (Cryptical reprise, Rosemary, etc), there is a ton of more compelling music from 1968. (92 pts)
May 13, 2008 Subject:
...crimson and blue
A nice rare Rosemary...
"You've just been victimized by the Grateful Dead!"
May 10, 2008 Subject:
12-7-68 Louisville, KY
There seems to be a special quality to the early GD performances in Kentucky. This recording's excellent. Highly recommended.